Mula Bandha, the valknut lock Picture

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This Odinic symbol is called a VALKNUT (“knot of the slain” or “chosen”, depending on the perspective) [wikilink]. First thought that comes to mind would be the restraining of spirits inside the "primal solid" (triangular plane + 1 point to add the third dimension, as in Enochian magick). However, the lack of relevant knowledge to be found on the subject leaves me all freedom to build my personal conception:

1. One may consider the idea of the bond.

As this symbol was notably carved on tombstones, the mythological background instantly provides a mindscape which, I must say, has a romantic edge I am quite sensitive to (einherjar, Valhöl…aren’t we all?). Religion, however, only provides an exoteric (read “vulgar”) and unsatisfying understanding of the arcane.

2. The bond is achieved by the knot.

Each third of this here valknut presents a unicursal pattern. Being of lesser density (upper layer of the plane) than the shape itself, each one starts and ends with one third of the whole, and meets at the (approximate) center of the outer side, where figuring the moon phases. Should the pattern have been continuous, the power of 3 - which is the point here - would have been lessened so.

3. The knot performs the lock.

And here lies my vision of the valknut, the key that opens the lock… here goes:

3 is the required number of points to define a plane. The image of the valknut as anchor of Yggdrasil (roots of the cosmic tree) will give a three-dimensional space (i.e. physical) where the axis mundi stands upon (and beneath - see Eihwaz) the former surface.

This aspect of the valknut (sound = name + form = 3 + thought = 'roots', 'ground' or 'earth') is an expression of the macrocosm: nine worlds, five of which are part of the valknut plane. When considering the human body as a punctual symmetry center, this macrocosm finds its alter ego inside the spine.

Such point of view introduces the analogy between the valknut and Mûlâdhâra, where the lock conveniently refers to the sleeping Kundalinî, non-woven Ākāśa or, to stick with Teutonic lore, the stillness of Niflheimr isolated from Múspell’s inferno (Is opposed to Fehu).

Enlightenment opens the lock. Fire meets the ice at the end of converging spirals (Raidho’s journey), instigating a perpendicular spring to the divine essence (Elhaz / Bifröst).

In conclusion, the valknut is the lock of the Laguz* hvel, located halfway of the human body as the Midgrard plane crosses the cosmic axis. It is the blind interface with matter (the animal spirit), the greater potential kept from the profane.

Hence the title मूल बंध, “root lock”, a step of a pranayama technique (google that). Additionally, the elder futhark was split in its three aettir, while each third was assigned one cardinal virtue of society:

- HONNEUR ('honor' [close-up]),
- VÉRITÉ ('truth' [close-up]),
- JUSTICE ([close-up]).

However, those virtues aim higher than Mûlâdhâra, right up to Anâhata, and close to Vishuddha: These are indeed supra-personal qualities, belonging to the Purusha, far above the self (Anâhata as the social virtues, Vishuddha as their moral concept).

From a social point of view, Heart, Anâhata, is the step mankind has (painfully) achieved thus far as a civilization, from where it can “descend” anew into Mûlâdhâra, this time to embrace its Sûkshma, subtle aspect. I like to think this is the specific feeling nature brings us in this day and age, as it is no longer an enemy to us. Mûlâdhâra’s elephant is finally tamed. And about to die by irresponsible hands, apparently.

* Laguz, 21st, being essentially female, commonly associated to Nerthus and to the moon.
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